Bangladesh Cricket Board has roped in Sunil Joshi, the former India Spinner as the spin consultant of the team. Joshi confirmed his contract saying, he “will be working as the spin consultant for Australia series, and will be joining the side shortly.” Joshi was a slow- arm spinner in team India who played several match-winning games. Earlier, another former India player was hired as a spin consultant by Australia. S Sriram was selected after his stint with the Aussie team on their tour to India.
Hiring Joshi, Bangladesh will boost its bowling strength as a preparation to tackle Australia in the upcoming Two-match Test series. Spin is known as a weakness of team Australia and it can lead to Bangladesh’s chances of victory over the top team. Furthermore, Bangladesh has improved their stances in especially bowling since the last year. In Test, they have played several top nations including the Number 1 team India. Meanwhile, Captain Steven Smith understands Bangladesh as a challenge and is aware of the improvements within the team in various fronts. He said in a pre-tour interview that Team Australia will have to play well in the sub-continent and understand the pitches for batting.
The inclusion of Joshi is certainly a massive boost for Bangladesh’s coaching ensemble. The board also looked-for Stuart MacGill to have him on board as the coach. However, the senior Australian player could not join in due to ill health. Joshi was the option and he was selected as MacGill declined the role. In fact, BCB was trying to rope in Joshi since the beginning, but the board was unable to initiate a formal discussion. Joshi was among the top spinners of team India. He was in 15 Test campaigns and 69 ODI matches. He was also the Player of the Match in the first ever Test hosted by Bangladesh.
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